Brief Racial Disparities and the New Federalism
Margery Austin Turner, Marla McDaniel
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The paper explores how shifts in both social welfare policies and economic conditions beginning in the mid-1990s altered the relative well-being of blacks compared to whitesbetween 1997 and 2002. It uses the National Survey of America's Families to assess how the relative well-being of black families improved or disparities persisted. The findings suggest that some of the disparities between whites and blacks narrowed between 1997 and 2002, especially among people with low incomes. But gaps in income, child school outcomes, employment, assets, and welfare and other income supports, remained essentially unchanged over the period.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Racial and ethnic disparities Racial segregation Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population